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About Quiz # 329: Venus Bilo

After two quizzes with no winner, last week's one was not too difficult, judging from the batch of correct answers we received. And it's nice to see a couple of new names among them, apart from the 'usual gang of quiz entrants'. Lots of answers from the Scandinavian countries, which is no coincidence, as our quiz car proved to be a well-known prototype from Sweden, Venus Bilo, finished in pale blue and bone-yellow and one of the first to have an all-enveloping, streamlined body with plenty of space for passengers. Many answers means we had to be strict according to our rules and just mentioning the bare facts is not enough. We looked for the not so well-known stuff which we found in the answer of Hugh Stiles who told us where the name Venus Bilo came from (see Read More for his answer). Congratulations on your first win, Hugh!
(The photos are from the very interesting book 'Swedish Coachbuilders' by Jan Ströman, available in both English and Swedish)

The winning answer by Hugh Stiles: "The prototype was built by Gustaf L-M Ericsson. The "Venus Bilo" (wordplay on: Venus of Milo + 'Bil', meaning 'car') used a Volvo PV655 chassis carrying a body built by 'Nordbergs vagnsadelmakeri och vagnfabrik' in Stockholm and was fully-enclosed underneath. Five easily exchangeable steel plates made the side of the body easy to repair in case of damage. The 1935 streamlined Volvo models possibly derived from the Venus Bilo were the PV36 (nicknamed the Carioca ? actually a South American dance) and the PV51 (albeit with less extreme streamlining), the latter catering for the cheap end of the market.

Other correct answers came from:

Gigio Isola
Szczepan Kolaczek
Martin Sahlström
Göran Flank
Hannu Aalto
Paul Jaray
Lars Stattin
Johan Larsson
Rob Geelen
Per Westerberg
Per Dahl
Philippe De Smet
Tony Prebensen
Adrian Pascu-Tulbure
Kaspars Dortāns
John Elema
Fritz Hegemann
Alboino Deulus
Fred de Mol
Jukka Heikkinen
Anders Svenfelt

And jury members:

Robbie Marenzi
James Helms
Frans Vrijaldenhoven
Stuart Penketh
Fried Stol
Lars-Göran Limdgren
Bart Oosterling

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Jury Member Location Information

Bart Oosterling NL
Bas de Voogd / Rutger Booy NL team
Bob Swanson USA Sports Cars & Racing Cars
Carleton Hughes USA
Ced Pearce South-Africa Ford & Cord
Chris Paulsen USA Brass Era (pre-1916) cars
David Green NZ
Dick Trenk (deceased 2010) USA US cars
Dominique Barbault F French Cars
Don Edwards USA US Classics
Eduard Hattuma NL
Fons Alkemade NL French automobiles
Frans Vrijaldenhoven NL Dutch Automobile Historian
Fried Stol NL
Hans Compter NZ
Harry Schley Germany
Henk Visscher NL Firsts in Car Industry
Ian Hayhurst Canada pre-1916 autos / early Mopar
Ingo Jost Germany German Cars
James Helms USA
João Pedro Gazineu Brazil
John Barringer UK
John Robins UK
Jon Baker Australia
José A. Gómez Argentina
Josef Kubista CZ
Joseph P. McCormick USA
Kit Foster USA US cars 1920-1960, Stanley Steamers
Kjetil Langsaether Norway
Lars-Göran Lindgren S brass era cars
Luke Chennel USA
Marc Fellman Australia
Mark Dawber NZ
Mike Clark GB Vintage Cars.
Mike Tebbett UK cyclecars
Mike Turner USA
Nicolas Boissier France
Paul Linster L French & Britsh sports cars
Peter Ransom Australia
Richard Armstrong UK
Radu Comsa Romania
Raul Valkila Finland
Reg Harris Australia Citroën and English cars
Robb Stewart USA early racing and sports cars
Robbie Marenzi Argentina
Roger Fields USA
Rutger Booy / Bas de Voogd NL team
Stuart Penketh Thailand
Theo Castricum NL US cars
Tom Chaney USA
Verner Johnson DK